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TDN’s 2022 Mid-Season NFL Roster Power Rankings

  • Kyle Crabbs
  • November 17, 2022
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TDN 2022 NFL Roster Power Rankings 

The 2022 NFL regular season has formally surpassed the halfway point in the last week, offering us a chance to reflect and look back on the lessons of the first half of the 2022 regular season. Some teams, such as the Kansas City Chiefs, have fully lived up to their bidding as an NFL powerhouse once again. Others, like the Philadelphia Eagles, enjoyed a dramatic sprint through the first 10 games as the NFL’s final undefeated team before finally suffering a defeat. Others still, such as the Los Angeles Rams and Green Bay Packers, have struggled to live up to expectations.

There is no shortage of storylines unfolding across the NFL and, accordingly, Draft Network is rolling out our midseason update to the 2022 NFL Roster Power Rankings.

Amid our film study of the collegiate prospects eligible for next spring’s 2023 NFL Draft, our scouting staff has spent this summer and fall studying each of the 32 NFL franchises as well, with this being the end result. Here’s how it works:

Rostered players at every position are studied and classified within one of several classifications: 

  • Elite roster cornerstones
  • Quality starters
  • Adequate starters
  • Quality depth
  • Replacement level 
  • Rookies
  • Incomplete evaluations
  • Practice squad caliber
  • Non-roster caliber

There are corresponding numerical values assigned to players placed within each bucket meant to quantify their value to the overall roster. Values are adjusted in accordance with positional value; TDN used the franchise tag/transition tag cost in descending order to dictate positional value. Players classified as ‘rookies’ and ‘incomplete evaluations’ are scored as a net zero value—they either did not have a large enough sample size or had zero sample size to confidently bucket that player within a more definitive bucket. But in that same spirit, many of the summer’s incomplete evaluations have declared themselves into a more definitive bucket with the first 10 weeks of the season. And several key rookies have earned the right to score in a net positive bucket regardless of their slight experience in the NFL.

We would like to acknowledge that this is indeed a subjective exercise. Each of our scouts on staff is responsible for up to seven NFL franchises. To acknowledge this subjectivity, we did engage in a cross-check process to try to quality-check the grades assigned. But at the end of the day, players were scored based on a study of the film.

It is also important to note that this is not an all-encompassing forecast for NFL teams. It does not account for coaching, nor does it account for strength of schedule, travel, or upcoming injuries. It does, however, account for current injuries. Players scheduled to miss the entire season (Tennessee’s Harold Landry, for example, who was graded a quality starter) were scored as a zero despite their status and presence on the roster layout. Players scheduled to miss a portion of the remainder of the season (Tampa Bay’s Ryan Jensen, for example, who was graded as an elite roster cornerstone) were docked a fraction of their total score to reflect their limited ability. 

This isn’t necessarily meant to tell you who is going to win the Super Bowl in the winter, but it is meant to tell you who has positioned themselves best to do so over the course of the offseason and who has lived up to those expectations throughout the first 10 weeks of the 2022 season.

How effective is this exercise? Well, the higher-ranked roster in the 2022 NFL Roster Power Rankings through the first 10 weeks of the season has won 60% of games played thus far. That accounts for no additional variables: home team, coaching, week-to-week injury decisions, travel, etc. So take this for what it’s worth; a slightly better than a coin-toss judgment on how well-positioned your team is to win each Sunday. So here it is, Draft Network’s updated 2022 NFL roster Power Rankings. 

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Rosters were locked for this exercise at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 15th)

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Tier 1

Buffalo Bills — 28.03 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-1st
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 8th
  • OL Room Rank: 5th
  • DL Room Rank: T-12th
  • LB Room Rank: T-2nd
  • DB Room Rank: T-2nd
  • ST Room Rank: T-1st

Regional scout: Joe Marino

Previous Rank: 1st

Previous Team Total: 27.75 (up 0.28 points)

Previous Tier: 1
Yes, the Buffalo Bills are in the midst of a mid-season slump. But yet, you can’t blame the quality of the roster, even after attrition has taken hold on the Bills in the form of some injuries in the secondary. Safeties Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are sorely missed (Hyde is out for the season) but their absences are somewhat offset by the emergence of Gregory Rousseau in Year 2, the acquisition of RB Nyheim Hines, and the upcoming return of All-Pro CB Tre’Davious White. Rousseau was an ‘Incomplete Evaluation’ in the summer but he has quickly proven his legitimacy, which gives the Bills another quality starter on the edge. 

Philadelphia Eagles — 27.77 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-7th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 6th 
  • OL Room Rank: 1st
  • DL Room Rank: T-2nd
  • LB Room Rank: T-14th
  • DB Room Rank: 1st
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Kyle Crabbs

Previous Rank: 9th

Previous Team Total: 22.18 (up 5.59 points) 

Previous Tier: 2

The Eagles have enjoyed a monumental leap in the NFL Power Rankings, fueled not necessarily by their hot start to the season but rather by the continued evolution of Jalen Hurts as a quarterback. Once considered an “Adequate Starter,” Hurts has catapulted himself into the “Quality Starter” stratosphere—which after weighting for positional value offers the Eagles a large jump. Also worth noting is that the trade deadline addition of DE Robert Quinn and the emergence of IOL Landon Dickerson (a second-year player) gives the Eagles two additional quality starters that previously were not accounted for. With James Bradberry and Darius Slay playing at the level that they are and the opportunistic turnovers from Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, the Eagles boast the most talented secondary in football, too.

Tier 2

Kansas City Chiefs — 24.03 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-1st
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 14th
  • OL Room Rank: 3rd
  • DL Room Rank: T-17th
  • LB Room Rank: T-7th
  • DB Room Rank: T-25th
  • ST Room Rank: T-3rd

Regional scout: Joe Marino

Previous Rank: 6th

Previous Team Total: 23.82 (up 0.21 points)

Previous Tier: 2

The Chiefs didn’t have the same upward mobility as the Eagles because, well, we all knew exactly how good Patrick Mahomes was this summer. The Chiefs have largely held serve with their roster rankings thanks to some significant fortunes on the injury front—yes, the team has receivers (JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman) who are sidelined for the short term, but this team only has four players on the Injured Reserve and PUP list combined. None of those four players scored better than ‘Quality Depth’ options. The team did add young WR Kadarius Toney into the mix; he’s an ‘Incomplete Evaluation’ who could find his footing as a former irst-round pick down the stretch for the Chiefs.

Miami Dolphins  — 23.80 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-7th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 5th
  • OL Room Rank: 9th
  • DL Room Rank: 1st
  • LB Room Rank: T-12th
  • DB Room Rank: T-23rd
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Kyle Crabbs

Previous Rank: 7th

Previous Team Total: 22.79 (up 1.01 points) 

Previous Tier: 2

The Dolphins are a fascinating team here because the team has incurred a monumental leap in quarterback play, just like Philadelphia. But they’ve also got two key trade deadline additions and a brutal wave of injuries in the secondary that all add up to a relatively modest total jump in total points accumulated. The Dolphins saw a similar points boost to QB Tua Tagovailoa, who is firmly entrenched as a ‘Quality Starter’ right now after eking into the ‘Adequate Starter’ category in the summer. He’s playing as confident and efficient of football as any QB in the NFL right now. And EDGE Bradley Chubb adds another young ‘Roster Cornerstone’ into the mix for a roster that suddenly has a plethora of them—seven in total. But the team gets zero points or credit for quality starters like CB Byron Jones (Achilles, PUP List) or SAF Brandon Jones (ACL, IR), nor do they get points for adequate starters in NB Nik Needham (Achilles, IR) or DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Triceps, IR), which leaves the team without four supposed key contributors defensively. They’ll make do with young talent that continues to improve, making them a fascinating team to eye down the stretch. 

Minnesota Vikings — 23.17 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-10th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 1st
  • OL Room Rank: 15th
  • DL Room Rank: 5th
  • LB Room Rank: T-7th
  • DB Room Rank: T-13rd
  • ST Room Rank: T-11th

Regional scout: Damian Parson

Previous Rank: 13th

Previous Team Total: 20.91 (up 2.26 points)

Previous Tier: 3

How about those Vikings? Minnesota leaps up from Tier 3 from the summer to check in as the No. 5 most talented roster in football at the midpoint. How did we get here? The trade for TE T.J. Hockenson adds a whole new layer to the Vikings’ offense; a layer we expect to provide huge dividends as compared to the other TEs who have taken snaps this season. Left tackle Christian Darrisaw has quickly claimed a ‘Quality Starter’ title for his play this season versus the ‘Incomplete Evaluation’ tag he carried in September and the team is also enjoying career revivals from both of their EDGE players in Za’Darius Smith (9.5 sacks) and Danielle Hunter (6.0 sacks). That’ll do it. 

Baltimore Ravens — 22.60 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 5th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 20th
  • OL Room Rank: T-13th
  • DL Room Rank: T-7th
  • LB Room Rank: T-2nd
  • DB Room Rank: T-8th
  • ST Room Rank: T-11th

Regional scout: Damian Parson

Previous Rank: 8th

Previous Team Total: 22.60 (down 0.07 points)

Previous Tier: 2

Baltimore is a team that looks poised to make a run thanks to their schedule down the stretch, but the team has made some significant strides to keep them even with our preseason ranking for their available talent. The healthy returns of OT Ronnie Stanley and RB Gus Edwards (sorry, J.K. Dobbins) help to offset the injury to WR Rashod Bateman (Foot, IR), Defensively, the Ravens made a splash by trading for MLB Roquan Smith ahead of the trade deadline, helping to negate the current injury to SAF Marcus Williams (Wrist, IR; will return). When Williams returns, the Ravens will set a new high-water mark for their roster talent total assuming they do not incur any additional injuries to quality starters or roster cornerstones between now and then. 

Los Angeles Chargers — 21.87 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 6th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 8th
  • OL Room Rank: 21st
  • DL Room Rank: T-7th
  • LB Room Rank: T-20th
  • DB Room Rank: T-4th
  • ST Room Rank: T-3rd

Regional scout: Brentley Weissman

Previous Rank: 4th

Previous Team Total: 26.62 (down 4.75 points)

Previous Tier: 1

The Chargers’ 5-4 record isn’t overly reflective of the talent that they have but injuries have played a role in the tumble down the board. Rashawn Slater (Biceps, IR) Joey Bosa (Groin, IR), and J.C. Jackson (Knee, IR) are brutal blows to the Chargers—though will expect Bosa back sometime in December. That extended absence takes three cornerstone players and yields only a few fractions of a single point, largely explaining the Chargers’ significant drop in point valuation from the start of the season. And yet amid the losses, Asante Samuel Jr., Derwin James, and Nasir Adderley keep the secondary ranked strong, and Khalil Mack and Sebastian Joseph-Day offer respectability in the defensive front. The supporting cast ranking would have tailed off much further if there were definitive timelines for the injuries to Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. But since there are not, Justin Herbert gets full credit for both moving forward despite struggling with targets throughout the past month. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers — 21.11 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 3rd
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 11th 
  • OL Room Rank: 6th
  • DL Room Rank: 21st
  • LB Room Rank: 16th
  • DB Room Rank: 18th
  • ST Room Rank: T-14th

Regional scout: Kyle Crabbs

Previous Rank: 3rd

Previous Team Total: 26.86 (down 5.75 points) 

Previous Tier: 1

I would venture to say we have a pretty good chance to see the Buccaneers get this thing turned around this season. The offensive talent is too strong for bad chemistry and spotty coaching to not eventually net better results. Tampa Bay has clawed back to 5-5 and, in the NFC South, could probably win the division with just four more wins. If the Buccaneers can indeed welcome back Ryan Jensen from a preseason injury in the weeks ahead, suddenly this offensive unit could have even more pop—especially with rookie RB Rachaad White emerging. This team has had to deal with plenty of off-field distractions early on this season; they’ve always been a talented bunch. They’re just now starting to show signs of living up to that as they manage to cling onto the end of Tier 2 for our midseason NFL Power Rankings update. 

Tier 3

Cincinnati Bengals — 20.79 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 4th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 5th 
  • OL Room Rank: 22nd
  • DL Room Rank: T-18th
  • LB Room Rank: T-20th
  • DB Room Rank: T-13th
  • ST Room Rank: T-3rd

Regional scout: Joe Marino

Previous Rank: 2nd

Previous Team Total: 27.04 (down 6.26 points) 

Previous Tier: 1

The Bengals have experienced significant regression in their roster assessment only two teams across the NFL experienced a greater drop off from the start of the season to the midseason update than Cincinnati’s -6.26 points. The biggest influences include poor play at offensive tackle, a season-ending injury to CB Chidobe Awuzie (Knee, IR), and the extended absence of WR Ja’Marr Chase (Hip). The regression of both La’el Collins and Jonah Williams is especially impactful given the weight they carry in the offensive line’s total value. Tackle and cornerback are now big hurdles for Cincinnati as premiere positions without a lot of attractive options—can rookie Cam Taylor-Britt step up and help a strong safety room on the back end? Those performances will be critical for a Bengals team that faces a brutal close to the year. 

San Francisco 49ers — 20.56 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-18th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 2nd 
  • OL Room Rank: 19th
  • DL Room Rank: T-14th
  • LB Room Rank: 1st
  • DB Room Rank: 21st
  • ST Room Rank: T-11th

Regional scout: Brentley Weissman

Previous Rank: 14th

Previous Team Total: 20.87 (down 0.31 points) 

Previous Tier: 3

Ironically enough, the injury to QB Trey Lance (Ankle, IR), didn’t do much to change the forecast for the 49ers. He was an ‘Incomplete Evaluation’ and therefore graded as a net zero player; no good or bad grade was taken. In his place is ‘Adequate Starter’ Jimmy Garoppolo, who must have taken some notes from Geno Smith on the art of “not writing back.” He’s played well enough for the 49ers. Losing CBs Emmanuel Moseley and Jason Verrett is a bummer but the rest of this defense is so strong it likely doesn’t change the picture too much, either. The 49ers’ big move, of course, was trading for ‘Roster Cornerstone’ RB Christian McCaffery at the deadline, allowing the 49ers to bolster their already promising skill group into the 2nd-highest ranked in this exercise. 

Seattle Seahawks — 19.69 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-10th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 13th
  • OL Room Rank: T-23rd
  • DL Room Rank: T-7th
  • LB Room Rank: 11th
  • DB Room Rank: T-18th
  • ST Room Rank: T-14th

Regional scout: Brentley Weissman

Previous Rank: 28th

Previous Team Total: 12.38 (up 7.38 points)

Previous Tier: 5

A round of applause for the Seattle Seahawks, everyone. The team increased their roster total by more than 50% on the midseason update—a testament to the resurrection of Geno Smith as an NFL quarterback, the emergence of LB Uchenna Nwosu as a very impactful pass rusher, and Ryan Neal’s emergence as a playmaker as he stepped into the shoes of Jamal Adams after injury. All three are graded as ‘Quality Starters’ and none were considered more than ‘Quality Depth’ options at the start of the season. Whoops. John Schneider also deserves his flowers for this rookie class, with Tariq Woolen, Abraham Lucas, and Charles Cross all playing well enough to earn points despite their ‘Rookie’ designation. The Seahawks had a lot of upward mobility with their youth and an undecided quarterback room, but few expected this. 

Dallas Cowboys — 19.05 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-7th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 10th 
  • OL Room Rank: T-13th
  • DL Room Rank: 26th
  • LB Room Rank: T-7th
  • DB Room Rank: 20th
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Keith Sanchez

Previous Rank: 15th

Previous Team Total: 20.47 (down 1.43 points)

Previous Tier: 3

The Cowboys are a highly competitive team in the NFL landscape, sitting at 6-3 and playing stingy defense while boasting physical offensive line play. Life is good, relatively speaking. The schedule looks favorable too, with dates remaining against the entire AFC South (hello, Houston and Jacksonville) in the back half of the schedule. Dallas should hit double-digit wins with their talent, but they do have a few storylines to watch. QB Dak Prescott has played…well…okay. The offense is better leaning on Tony Pollard and Ezekiel Elliott, but do they have the discipline to do that with Prescott back from a hand injury earlier in the year? The team has survived the injury to OT Tyron Smith as well as could be hoped and the addition of NT Jonathan Hankins at the trade deadline offers a chance to bolster Dallas’ defensive line ranking down the stretch, too. 

Cleveland Browns — 18.50 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 26th*
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 7th 
  • OL Room Rank: 4th
  • DL Room Rank: 29th
  • LB Room Rank: T-4th
  • DB Room Rank: T-2nd
  • ST Room Rank: T-29th

Regional scout: Keith Sanchez

Previous Rank: 12th

Previous Team Total: 21.10 (down 2.60 points) 

Previous Tier: 2

The Browns sure felt like they tried to have their cake and eat it too with their expectations to compete relative to the roller coaster they signed themselves up for in acquiring QB Deshaun Watson. It is worth noting that the Browns’ roster rank here does account for Deshaun Watson, but it still credits Jacoby Brissett as the starting quarterback—putting them 26th in the NFL’s most important position. Injuries have been a bit of a bummer despite inside linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. (Quad, IR) being the only significant starter on the list. IOL Wyatt Teller has missed time and so have TE David Njoku and LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. A trade deadline addition for Deion Jones, plus the continued growth of Owusu-Koramoah when healthy, gives the Browns plenty of athletic talent on the second level to pair with a highly talented cornerback room that is enjoying positive play from rookie CB Martin Emerson Jr. But the defensive line. Oh, the defensive line. The Browns’ defensive interior offers little to no value at all. Players we were optimistic about have faded and the Browns now sit with a bottom-tier front aside from Myles Garrett. It will test them down the stretch with Buffalo, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, and Baltimore looming on the schedule. 

Tier 4

Green Bay Packers — 17.82 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-12th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 26th
  • OL Room Rank: T-17th
  • DL Room Rank: 22nd
  • LB Room Rank: 17th
  • DB Room Rank: T-4th
  • ST Room Rank: T-14th

Regional scout: Kyle Crabbs

Previous Rank: 5th 

Previous Team Total: 25.32 (down 7.50 points) 

Previous Tier: 2

No team has tumbled further than the Packers from our preseason totals. The Packers are a middle-tier team in the scale of the NFL—defensive injuries have come for several significant players and the team is going to have to live with the volatility of a bunch of unproven pass catchers for QB Aaron Rodgers. EDGE Rashawn Gary going down (ACL, IR) is a tough, tough blow. Rookie Kinglsey Enagbare is going to need to step up big time and fellow rookie Devonte Wyatt needs to offer more penetration inside to help the Packers adjust as they look to pressure and climb back into the playoff picture. CB Eric Stokes also landed on IR with knee and ankle injuries. There’s still plenty of talent in the secondary but the pass rush is a big loss for a unit that already has struggled against the run. Rodgers himself isn’t playing to his own standards either, which pours gasoline on the fire at times and largely contributed to the 7.50-point tumble the Packers endured here. The good news? There are rebound opportunities to be had. Young pass-catchers Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs have popped throughout the first 10 weeks at different times. Can either catch lightning in a bottle and be a consistent asset to the passing game? And Enagbare has a golden opportunity to declare himself as a quality player on the edge. 

New Orleans Saints — 17.71 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 25th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 30th
  • OL Room Rank: 7th
  • DL Room Rank: T-18th
  • LB Room Rank: T-4th
  • DB Room Rank: T-6th
  • ST Room Rank: T-29th

Regional scout: Keith Sanchez

Previous Rank: 16th

Previous Team Total: 20.42 (down 2.71 points)

Previous Tier: 3
Hang in there, Saints fans. This nightmare season is nearly over. The Saints have been absolutely blasted with injuries. Erik McCoy, Michael Thomas, and Bradley Roby find themselves on IR. Rookie first-round tackle Trevor Penning went down early. Jarvis Landry played for the first time in a month in Week 10. The starting QB at the start of the year, Jameis Winston, suffered an injury but coach Dennis Allen declared that the injury has passed and Winston is indeed benched for Andy Dalton. It’s just been a nightmare. These issues, paired with some *ambitious* team-building techniques that put the Saints in a position to ill-afford injuries as their depth has steadily whittled away, are the culprit. The top of the roster is strong. But when those players miss time…

Tennessee Titans — 17.69 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 16th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: T-15th
  • OL Room Rank: T-23rd
  • DL Room Rank: T-7th
  • LB Room Rank: T-14th
  • DB Room Rank: 11th
  • ST Room Rank:  T-14th

Regional scout: Damian Parson

Previous Rank: 18th

Previous Team Total: 19.27 (down 1.58 points)

Previous Tier: 3

Kudos to the Titans’ defense for how well they’ve played this season. They’re eighth in the NFL in scoring defense and it has been a “next man up” mentality on every level. EDGE Harold Landry is out for the year but Denico Autry, Rashad Weaver, and DeMarcus Walker have all stepped up. CB Caleb Farley and LB Zach Cunningham are the next hurdles—both went on IR in Week 10. Look for rookie CB Roger McCreary to answer the call in the secondary. Offensively, losing Taylor Lewan for the year hurt the line ranking, especially with Aaron Brewer on the interior and a rookie starting at right tackle. The Titans owe their mid-tier supporting cast ranking to Derrick Henry as well. He carries the load—just as he does in the Titans’ offense. 

Los Angeles Rams — 17.62 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-18th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 27th
  • OL Room Rank: T-17th
  • DL Room Rank: 3rd
  • LB Room Rank: T-7th
  • DB Room Rank: T-13th
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Kyle Crabbs

Previous Rank: 10th

Previous Team Total: 21.98 (down 4.36 points)

Previous Tier: 2

Woo boy. This one is ugly. Similar to how the Saints’ team-building approach developed a top-heavy roster, the Rams’ approach and story for 2022 follow a similar plot. The Rams had money to spend and went out for a few expensive toys—none of which are really helping the cause in problem areas. WR Cooper Kupp is now down, so we’ll see if Allen Robinson can improve upon his ‘Replacement Level’ status. Perhaps former second-round pick Tutu Atwell can declare himself as something more impactful than an ‘Incomplete Evaluation.’ The Rams would be fortunate to have either happen as they’ve gotten the worst-case scenario for their offensive line. The Rams have endured big time injuries up front, too, and all of their fringe rosterable players have lived up to those expectations when pressed for action. 

New England Patriots — 16.65 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 22nd
  • Supporting Cast Rank: T-21st
  • OL Room Rank: 8th
  • DL Room Rank: 6th
  • LB Room Rank: 28th
  • DB Room Rank: T-13th
  • ST Room Rank: T-1st

Regional scout: Keith Sanchez

Previous Rank: 19th

Previous Team Total: 19.26 (down 2.61 points)

Previous Tier: 3
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before but the Patriots are strong in the trenches and in the secondary to go with their firm special teams ranking. We do need to monitor a developing story on the offensive line with first-round pick Cole Strange getting benched in consecutive wins. But the Patriots will go as far as their defense will carry them. Despite the talent on the offensive line and in the offensive backfield, New England has cracked 100 yards rushing as a team just once in the last month (127 yards vs. the Jets in Week 8). They’ve cracked 300 yards offensively just twice since September (Detroit and Cleveland). The Patriots have largely been who we thought they were, and they’ve ridden a soft heart of their schedule to a 5-4 mark through Week 10. 

Indianapolis Colts — 16.40 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 31st
  • Supporting Cast Rank: T-21st
  • OL Room Rank: 12th
  • DL Room Rank: T-11th
  • LB Room Rank: T-16th
  • DB Room Rank: T-8th
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Kyle Crabbs

Previous Rank: 11th

Previous Team Total: 21.16 (down 4.76 points)

Previous Tier: 2

What a glorious mess this football team is. It’s a shame, too—they have ample talent in some spots, just seemingly none in the premiere positions. QB Matt Ryan’s status was ‘Quality Starter’ entering the year. No longer amid being benched and then a return against the woeful Raiders to seemingly reclaim the starting job. Their options at left tackle aren’t needle movers either, and even when trying Dennis Kelly in that role, he hasn’t played to his career standard as an ‘Adequate Starter.’ Shaquille Leonard is a staple but he’s out of the picture for the rest of the season (Back, IR). Rookie WR Alec Pierce has some moments in traffic but he’s playing in tight coverage much too often to be a consistently reliable target. There aren’t any significant injuries that are season-ending aside from Leonard’s—this team has just had players seemingly across the board fail to live up to their priors. 

Denver Broncos — 16.28 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-12th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 17th
  • OL Room Rank: 25th
  • DL Room Rank: T-16th
  • LB Room Rank: T-30th
  • DB Room Rank: T-6th
  • ST Room Rank: T-29th

Regional scout: Damian Parson

Previous Rank: 17th

Previous Team Total: 19.76 (down 3.48 points)

Previous Tier: 3

Let’s ride. Denver’s season is a tale of hard luck and tough medicine. The offense is woeful. The defense has played admirably with only six passing touchdowns allowed on the season and 16.6 points per game allowed. Credit to defensive coordinator Ejir Evero and a blossoming group in the secondary. Patrick Surtain II is playing like the best cornerback in football. Justin Simmons is making plays. But the other secondary spots have endured injuries—Ronald Darby and Caden Sterns both sit on IR, as does pass rusher Randy Gregory. The team traded Bradley Chubb amid the emergence of Baron Browning, too. So there’s been attrition. And yet, the Broncos’ defense keeps fighting their asses off. The other side of the ball? The supporting cast has been slammed with injuries. RB Javonte Williams is shelved for the season. WR Tim Patrick went down ahead of the season. TE Greg Dulcich has been a bright spot as a rookie but without OT Garett Bolles and now C Lloyd Cushenberry, QB Russell Wilson hasn’t found much rhythm to throw to anyone. Regardless, this is a more talented team as one included in Tier 4 than their record indicates, but you can thank one of the variables not accounted for in this exercise for that: the coaching. 

Tier 5

New York Jets — 14.16 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 28th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 14th
  • OL Room Rank: 28th
  • DL Room Rank: T-14th
  • LB Room Rank: T-12th
  • DB Room Rank: 17th
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Keith Sanchez

Previous Rank: 29th

Previous Team Total: 11.72 (up 2.44 points)

Previous Tier: 5

The Jets entered this season as one of the teams with the largest amount of wiggle room. They had a lot of young players considered ‘Incomplete Evaluations’ and, obviously, rookies. All around, stock up is the phrase for the Jets, who would be a Tier 4 team if not for a recent wave of injuries that claimed some of their best players for the season. RB Breece Hall quickly proved the LeFleur system was a perfect fit, but he’s out for the year. As a result, the Jets won’t benefit from his sudden impact anymore and get no points for his presence on the roster. Same for lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker, who was incredible with his ability to play a new spot up front seemingly every week. OT George Fant is a significant loss as well. The Jets are making due, but if they’re going to follow through on their strong start on the season they’re going to need better play at quarterback, where Zach Wilson remains as an ‘Incomplete Evaluation.’ He deserves patience, but he’s started six games and still has fewer touchdown passes (and a worse completion percentage) than Joe Flacco did in three. That position is the single biggest variable for the remaining eight games on the schedule. 

Las Vegas Raiders — 13.70 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-14th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 4th
  • OL Room Rank: 32nd
  • DL Room Rank: 27th
  • LB Room Rank: T-22nd
  • DB Room Rank: T-26th
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Brentley Weissman

Previous Rank: 22nd

Previous Team Total: 16.04 (down 2.34 points)

Previous Tier: 4
The reason why there’s so much buzz around the Raiders and head coach Josh McDaniels right now is that this team is indeed too talented to be this bad. Now, the offensive line is downright offensive and the injury to Darren Waller hurts their versatility offensively, but situational football has betrayed the Raiders as much as anything else and that falls on the coaching staff—which is not accounted for here. The Raiders need to get significantly better in the trenches. They spent way too much money for Chandler Jones to be playing this poorly and the team is fully committed to young, unestablished players on the interior. This team has little in the way of promising assets up the middle and a number of underperforming veterans lead to this significant dip in ranking. 

Jacksonville Jaguars — 13.62 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 24th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 25th
  • OL Room Rank: 20th
  • DL Room Rank: 23rd
  • LB Room Rank: 18th
  • DB Room Rank: 12th
  • ST Room Rank: T-14th

Regional scout: Joe Marino

Previous Rank: 26th

Previous Team Total: 13.96 (down 0.33 points)

Previous Tier: 4

Steady as she goes! The Jaguars were never going to be a team built in a day. But until we get more stable and consistent play from Trevor Lawrence, the ceiling can only be so high. Trading away James Robinson is understandable and Travis Etienne is quickly establishing himself as a worthy featured player. But the Jaguars will need more supporting players for Lawrence moving forward and hopefully better play on the offensive line. Can Walker Little transition from an ‘Incomplete Evaluation’ and bring value? How quickly can Luke Fortner develop? Is there a starting-caliber left guard on the roster at all? Defensively, we’ve seen some flashes, but not enough. SAF Andre Cisco can be a needle mover with more consistency, as can rookies Devin Lloyd, Chad Muma, and Travon Walker. There are just a lot of young, unproven players. Jacksonville needs to get them all performing more consistently week to week to turn a corner. 

Arizona Cardinals — 13.44 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-14th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 12th
  • OL Room Rank: 30th
  • DL Room Rank: 30th
  • LB Room Rank: T-26th
  • DB Room Rank: T-18th
  • ST Room Rank: T-3rd

Regional scout: Damian Parson

Previous Rank: 21st

Previous Team Total: 16.37 (down 2.93 points)

Previous Tier: 4

Losing TE Zach Ertz hurts, especially just as WR DeAndre Hopkins returns from suspension. The offensive line simply doesn’t have enough quality pieces. The loss of Rodney Hudson to IR (knee) is a big blow and will threaten to destabilize the offense, especially as QB Kyler Murray looks to fight through a hamstring issue after missing last week. Defensively, J.J. Watt is shouldering the load of the pass rush. There’ve been some promising flashes from recent 1st-round picks Zaven Collins and Isaiah Simmons, but neither has truly established themselves as a quality starter yet, which should be your expectations for draft selections that high. Those missed opportunities hurt and leave Arizona in an awkward spot: they’re paying a QB and looking to win now but many defensive pieces are young, developing, and unestablished. As a byproduct, they’re inconsistent and the Cardinals are paying the price; conceding over 30 points in three of their last four. 

Washington Commanders — 13.07 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-29th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 19th
  • OL Room Rank: 16th
  • DL Room Rank: T-11th
  • LB Room Rank: T-26th
  • DB Room Rank: T-24th
  • ST Room Rank: 28th

Regional scout: Damian Parson

Previous Rank: 23rd

Previous Team Total: 15.59 (down 2.52 points)

Previous Tier: 4

There’s more upward mobility to be found for the Commanders as they look to right the ship after a slow start. 1-4 is now 5-5 and Washington boasts a win over the No. 1 seed in the NFC, the Philadelphia Eagles. But many of the critical contributors to the cause are players we are learning more about—specifically RB Brian Robinson Jr. and WR Jahan Dotson. Can those players boost their status more and yield more point additions to the roster team total by the end of the year? I don’t know how much of an upgrade Taylor Heinicke is from Carson Wentz from a talent perspective, but there’s no denying they’ve got better chemistry with Heinicke at the helm. Young safeties Kamren Curl and Darrick Forrest offer more upward mobility as well versus their current valuations. If those four or five players come up roses and Chase Young returns with a vengeance, expect to see Washington push into Tier 4 on the end-of-year update. 

Carolina Panthers — 12.68 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-29th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 29th
  • OL Room Rank: 10th
  • DL Room Rank: T-18th
  • LB Room Rank: 19th
  • DB Room Rank: T-26th
  • ST Room Rank: T-8th

Regional scout: Joe Marino

Previous Rank: 20th

Previous Team Total: 16.77 (down 4.09 points)

Previous Tier: 4

Carolina’s strengths and weaknesses shouldn’t surprise you. The quarterback room has been a sore spot since Cam Newton was ushered out the door. The team trading away a ‘Roster Cornerstone’ in Christian McCaffrey makes sense from a team-building perspective but it doesn’t help the ranking of the supporting cast in 2022; it dipped steeply without McCaffrey in the mix. The line actually has a lot to work with however and rookie LT Ikem Ekwonu is settling in nicely. Defensively, Derrick Brown and Brian Burns are the exciting pieces up front but there are currently no other needle movers in the trenches. The back seven should be excited to get Jeremy Chinn back from Injured Reserve and the young corners are progressing steadily; but not steadily enough to pull the Panthers out of the bottom eight of the NFL roster rankings at the midpoint of the year. 

Atlanta Falcons — 11.58 Score

  • QB Room Rank: T-26th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 28th
  • OL Room Rank: 11th
  • DL Room Rank: 28th
  • LB Room Rank: T-22nd
  • DB Room Rank: T-18th
  • ST Room Rank: T-3rd

Regional scout: Damian Parson

Previous Rank: 27th

Previous Team Total: 13.90 (down 2.32 points) 

Previous Tier: 4

The Falcons are yet another team who largely are who we thought they were. They’re getting good returns from the offensive line as a running team but if they don’t protect the football or fall behind, they’re likely going to lose. Two hard losses to the Chargers and Panthers sapped a promising start to the season. Marcus Mariota is a perfect embodiment of the team. He’s fine… until you ask him to put the team on his back. He’s taking sacks on more than 10% of his dropbacks. Much of that is on him and the Falcons must work to avoid these game scripts. But they’d be wise to find more opportunities for TE Kyle Pitts, too—he’s averaging 25 fewer yards per game and 50% less yards per target. Defensively, some of the young guns have popped in recent weeks, including EDGE Arnold Ebiketie. But Grady Jarrett is still largely on his own week to week and missing Casey Heyward is a big loss for the pass defense that was already thin of established, scorable talent. 

New York Giants — 11.39 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 20th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 32nd
  • OL Room Rank: 26th
  • DL Room Rank: 24th
  • LB Room Rank: 25th
  • DB Room Rank: T-22nd
  • ST Room Rank: T-8th

Regional scout: Kyle Crabbs

Previous Rank: 32nd

Previous Team Total: 4.54 (up 6.85 points)

Previous Tier: 6

The Giants are an incredible team to watch unfold this season. Originally our worst-rated roster, the Giants are the third most improved roster from the summer score until now, but they still aren’t largely a *talented* group just yet. Please don’t take that as disrespectful, Giants fans. We all know the job Dave Gettleman did with the roster before he left and Rome wasn’t built in a day. Instead, use this as fuel for the Brian Daboll for Coach of the Year campaign. What he’s getting out of one draft class of his own and someone else’s constructed team is awesome, especially when you consider they’re pulling out situational football wins late seemingly every week. 

Detroit Lions — 11.39 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 17th
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 23rd
  • OL Room Rank: 2nd
  • DL Room Rank: 32nd
  • LB Room Rank: 30th
  • DB Room Rank: 32nd
  • ST Room Rank: T-14th

Regional scout: Joe Marino

Previous Rank: 24th

Previous Team Total: 15.07 (down 3.68 points)

Previous Tier: 4

The Lions are a bittersweet team to watch. They’re fun. They play hard. They’re exciting. They move the ball. But they can’t stop a runny nose and the regression of D’Andre Swift is hard to ignore. Swift has been fairly productive when he’s on the field, but Jamaal Williams has comfortably commandeered the lead running back spot and Swift’s long-term outlook is no longer rosy. Getting more of the wide receiver corps back from injury will help Amon-Ra St. Brown and the passing game, as well as their supporting cast ranking. But we just don’t have enough horses on defense. Rookie Aidan Hutchinson has been very good, as has cornerback Jeff Okudah. But the Lions desperately need help and better players around the core defensively. Add in the trade of TE TJ Hockenson, a quality starter, and the dip for Detroit in these rankings is evident. 

Tier 6

Houston Texans — 9.25 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 23rd
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 31st
  • OL Room Rank: 29th
  • DL Room Rank: 25th
  • LB Room Rank: T-22nd
  • DB Room Rank: 30th
  • ST Room Rank: T-8th

Regional scout: Keith Sanchez

Previous Rank: 30th

Previous Team Total: 10.48 (down 1.23 points)

Previous Tier: 5
This outcome isn’t necessarily a surprise—the Texans were known to be a team in transition and a roster that stacked a lot of short-term ‘Replacement Level’ and ‘Quality Depth’ players on their roster until they find a direction they want to commit to. Things have largely been as advertised. A number of rookies, such as Dameon Pierce and Derek Stingley Jr., are making waves and will soon be given the nod to a higher quality classification off of their current ‘Rookie’ label. 

Pittsburgh Steelers — 7.83 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 32nd
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 24th
  • OL Room Rank: 27th
  • DL Room Rank: 4th
  • LB Room Rank: 32nd
  • DB Room Rank: 31st
  • ST Room Rank: T-29th

Regional scout: Keith Sanchez

Previous Rank: 25th

Previous Team Total: 14.64 (down 6.81 points) 

Previous Tier: 4

Pittsburgh’s season is a cruel one. First, T.J. Watt succumbs to injury. Now it is Minkah Fitzpatrick’s turn to miss time, just as Watt returns to the fray. It sounds like Fitzpatrick won’t be gone long, but do the Steelers have the horsepower to make it matter? This team has been a disappointment in many ways—they’re bottom five in both points and yards offensively and they’re bottom six in defensive yards allowed. The Steelers, in the year 2022, have six touchdown passes and 10 interceptions thrown through nine games. They’re scoring touchdowns in fewer than 50% of their trips to the red zone (28th in the NFL) and they’re barely over 36% conversion rate on third down (26th in the NFL). Thank goodness for Alex Highsmith defensively, as he and Cameron Heyward held down things while Watt was gone. With Watt now back and Larry Ogunjobi also playing well, the Steelers can win up front. But I’m not sure they really win anywhere else consistently. 

Chicago Bears — 7.14 Score

  • QB Room Rank: 21st
  • Supporting Cast Rank: 18th
  • OL Room Rank: 31st
  • DL Room Rank: 31st
  • LB Room Rank: 29th
  • DB Room Rank: 29th
  • ST Room Rank: T-20th

Regional scout: Joe Marino

Previous Rank: 31st

Previous Team Total: 7.64 (down 0.50 points)

Previous Tier: 6

What an oddly unique outcome. The biggest storyline for the Bears is the recent emergence of QB Justin Fields, who is playing a very challenging style of football to defend. But the rest of the group around him is littered with ‘Incomplete Evaluations’ and rookies. This team is essentially a blank slate—although they have some promising play on the defensive side of the football to be excited about and WR Chase Claypool should be a fixture moving forward. But Chicago has nowhere to go but up. They should climb this season as more young players reinforce their status and the team sets about their outlook of building around Fields.

 

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